Tony Podesta bails on lobbying firm amid Mueller probe

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01 November, 2017

The biggest story yesterday, the one that has the Dems in a dither, is Podesta running from his firm. As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman John Podesta, has resigned from his position as the head of his lobbying firm following his inclusion in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, Politico reported on Monday.

The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to the sources. What he know (s) about Crooked Dems is earth shattering.

"The chairman of one major presidential campaign colluded with the brother of the chairman of the other major presidential campaign to enrich themselves by secretly advancing the interests of a foreign adversary", Carlson said.

In a subsequent report, the Associated Press revealed that Manafort helped the Party of Regions "secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012".

The Podesta Group, along with Manafort's firm, were tasked with leading an PR effort on behalf of a group called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine.

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Their work included lobbying "multiple members of Congress and their staffs about Ukraine sanctions, the validity of Ukraine elections" that the reasons for imprisoning Yulia Tymoshenko, the political rival of Russian-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

The Fox News host summarized the latest findings on the brother of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, in a "one-sentence Cliff Note" version for viewers.

Podesta announced his decision to leave The Podesta Group during a firm-wide meeting Monday morning and is alerting clients of his impending departure, Politico reported.

The powerful Podesta family's troubles came into view Monday with lobbyist Tony Podesta's mysterious resignation.

Why did he step down from the Podesta Group? Another source told Politico he said he "doesn't intend to go quietly", but he "needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn't want the firm to fight it".

Both Tony Podesta and Manafort have been accused of failing to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a regulation requiring Americans working for foreign leaders, political groups or governments to disclose their activities to the U.S. Department of Justice. It subsequently amended its required filings. "The Podesta Group has fully cooperated with the special counsel's office and taken every possible step to provide documentation that confirms compliance with the law". The firm said at the time that it believed its client was a European think tank with no connections to a political party.


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